The United Arab Emirates, especially Dubai and Abu Dhabi, is quickly becoming a must visit destination for golfers of all levels from all across the world and with the unbelievable choice of accommodation the country delivers on all aspects.
The services provided at almost all of the golf complexes are second to none with the club houses being big, beautiful and highly equipped with world class restaurants and bars, and in some cases onsite hotels or accommodation.
There really is nothing else you would need to enjoy a superb golfing holiday in Dubai. Check out our take on Best Golf Courses in Dubai.
Perhaps the most amazing golf course is Yas Links, which is located near to Abu Dhabi. The first genuine links golf course to be built in the United Arab Emirates, Yas Links has blended perfectly into its surroundings on the western coast of Yas Island. The holes meander through the mangroves effortlessly and create possibly one of the most memorable courses in the region. The mix of tradition and the latest technology and science has created a visually, a near perfect golf course which will excite, test and enthrall any golfer that plays. It is however somewhat over shadowed by its neighbor the Abu Dhabi course which is recognized around the world as a top course. However, even under the shadow of more the more famous Abu Dhabi, Yas Links offers something that few courses in the United Arab Emirates can compete with. The feel and tradition of a good old fashioned links style golf course.
Another superb course, that could be considered as over shadowed by its more famous big sister The Mijlis, is the truly amazing Faldo course at the internationally acclaimed Emirates Golf Resort. The course which was redesigned by Faldo, and later took his name on its re-opening is a design masterpiece, bearing many of the Faldo design trademarks. But what Faldo has done with this course is just breathtaking. The course which should be considered a rival to the championship Mijlis course, provides a superb variety of design features coupled with the natural landscape to create one of the most visually impacting golf courses in the United Arab Emirates.
Many of the golf courses in the region have been designed by some of the greatest golfers to have grace the game and you can see why they have decided to construct golf courses in the Middle East. The cost is almost a second thought with the attention on the design and quality before the budget.
Of the other must play golf courses in the UAE, The Els is a fantastic test of golf. His desert style links golf course pays homage to some of his favorite golf courses from around the globe, which creates a stylish and contemporary golf course which fits perfectly into its surroundings. Another must play was designed by another legend of the game, Colin Montgomerie who has created a beautiful course located in the Emirates Hills resort. The course is similar in design to the Scottish links that he grew up on, wide and undulating, but his exquisite use of lakes and bunkers has given rise to a tremendous golf course. Providing a true test of golf to all levels of golfer. Finally, the Saadiyat Beach Golf Club has to be included in any list of must plays when in the United Arab Emirates. Designed by one of the greatest players of all time, the course boasts one of the most natural layouts anywhere in the UAE, having been constructed under strict guidelines and regulations. With the restoration of the beach and sand dunes, the construction of the golf course became a haven for local wildlife, including gazelles and dolphins, which only help to enhance further the majestic design of the golf course. It is the first ocean front golf course on the golf and Player has sculpted some truly stunning golf holes that run along the ocean front and meander through the beach front hotels and properties. It is one of the busiest courses in the region so it is always advisable to book your tee times well in advance to avoid disappointment.
There are so many fantastic courses in the United Arab Emirates that I can not mention them all here in this brief summary. The creation of such quality courses and resorts is testament to the vision of those that are leading the field in golf course construction in the United Arab Emirates. A golf trip to the region is a must for any golfing fanatic and Dubai and the United Arab Emirates will live long in the memory for all the right reasons.
The golf courses across the UAE can get very booked during the high season and especially at weekends but Golfsavers can help you to secure the perfect tee time using our simple booking engine and we can also offer big discounts at the same time.